Two young Swedish surfing yogistas find their spiritual home on Sri Lanka’s idilic south coast

Two amazing blog stories reveal a young Swedish couple who have made a life of surfing and yoga at Ahangama, a Buddhist beach village on the south coast of Sri Lanka about 25 km from Galle.

Indoek is an LA-based surf culture website that spotlights surfers living in style around the world—and it recently found Sunshine Stories, a retreat run by Linn Lundgren and Petter Toremalm.

Living the dream

Says Indoek: “As cliche’ as it may sound, Linn Lundgren and Petter Toremalm are living the dream. For real. They reside in a turn-of-the-century villa tucked amidst the jungle, less than a kilometer from the balmy Indian ocean in southern Sri Lanka.

“They’ve got an antique Land Rover, a dozen dogs, and unlimited coconuts. But more importantly, they’ve got a speed that the lifestyle of Sri Lanka allows.”

The attention they deserve

The story was picked up by Remodelista, a website focused on advising people how to revamp their homes, and it was the couple’s 75-year-old Dutch colonial-style house, which has aged gracefully and well, that attracted their attention.

The upshot is that Linn and Petter are now getting the attention they deserve. Remodelista relates how the couple began blogging—“Sunshine Stories was initially where they chronicled their travels and interviewed inspiring people they met along the way”.

A bright future

Initially, Linn and Petter not only lived at the retreat but also did all of the cooking and cleaning and much the guiding themselves.

They’ve since hired a staff of pros, and now not only oversee operations at Sunshine Stories, but at a year-old second retreat, Ceylon Sliders, located 15 minutes away on the beach in Weligama and geared to guests who want a more à la carte experience.

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